I phoned the rep today at Haggerston School in Hackney, to pass on a message of support to NUT members who were taking part in two more days of strike action to oppose job cuts. They are up against a management who gave out redundancy notices to staff on sports day and threatened an NASUWT member (who had not been balloted unfortunately) with disciplinary action if he refused to teach a special timetable set up just to get round the action.
But NUT members have responded magnificently with a 100% turnout in the strike ballot where they voted 36 to 1 in favour of action.
But this was no ordinary picket line! Kate, the rep, tells me that July 14th was (of course) a French revolution-themed picket line while today, at Year 10's suggestion, was a suffragette-themed action! There's more action due for September so let Haggerston NUT know if you've got any good themes for the next days of action!!